The world is a strange place for many at present, what with climate change, war in Ukraine and too many cow farts, many of us simply have had enough!
Just as the fuel prices take a slight dip at the pumps this week to lift our spirits a little we hear from consumer advisors such as, Martin Lewis, that energy prices soon to soar.
With the upcoming energy price hike scaring the wits out of many of us who will soon face astronomical increases on electricity and gas prices, many people are looking at alternative ways to reduce their energy bills, one method is to check your home insulation before the winter months.
There are several energy saving options available for homeowners, one being to instal heat pumps, another is to bulk up your loft insulation. One of the most effective ways of combating the energy prices that are soon to soar is to have a heat loss survey carried out.
A heat loss survey will highlight areas of your home that are losing heat. Areas typically picked up by the survey are door frames, window frames, cavity walls, roofs and window panes. In some cases, there could be a reduction in heat loss by as much as 50%.
Potential Savings From Heat Loss Surveys -Energy Prices Soon to Soar
With the potential to reduce your heat loss from your property by as much as 50% is sure to raise eyebrows. However, bear in mind, in order to achieve such attractive results would entail carrying out some work, such as additional insulation measures, or the replacement of doors and windows.
In some cases, just adding extra insulation in the loft can reduce the cost of energy bills by as much as 15% – 20%.
What Is Involved In A Heat Loss Survey?
A heat loss survey assesses the current insulation rating of the property and then looks to find ways of improving it. Using thermal imaging cameras and a thorough investigation by a qualified building surveyor, they will highlight areas for improvement. A report is provided along with recommendations.
According to consumer exerts and analysts, the average increase in energy costs is likely to be as much as 40% this year.
One of the most productive ways is to have a heat loss survey carried out on your property, which will identify areas of heat and energy loss and provide recommendations on what measures to take. Other methods could include ensuring draft excluders are fitted to doors or windows if cold air is felt coming in when closed. Ensure that you have adequate insulation in the roof can provide significant benefits with regards to heat loss.
A heat loss survey aims is to identify weak spots in the property where heat is escaping. Almost all buildings will lose some heat in some way. For example, heat will eventually seep through the brickwork, roof, door and window seals or vents. However, the heat loss survey provides accurate readings of where the majority of the heat loss is leaving the building. Using Flir Thermal Imaging Cameras specifically set up to assist us with thermal loss through buildings, provides us with detailed information as to how we can reduce the level of heat loss.
Once you have assessed the survey report, you may find there are measures that you can carry out yourself, almost immediately and with minimal cost. Fitting draft excluders to doors and windows for example is a relatively simple task for those who are comfortable with DIY jobs.
Some of the heat loss survey recommendations can be carried out by yourself, if you are comfortable with basic DIY.
For larger jobs that might recommend the replacement of windows, or doors, due to their age and lack of insulating abilities, may need to be carried out by a builder or carpenter for example.